Classis Grand Rapids South

Leadership Development Ministry

The Leadership Development Ministry of our classis provides support to students who are seeking to enter full-time ministry.

A letter to potential leadership development recipients.

Dear Student,

On behalf of the Classis Leadership Ministry Team [CLMT], I’d like to welcome you to Classis Grand Rapids South! We are so excited to be able to walk with you and support your leadership development as you discern how God is calling you to serve in his Kingdom.


Deadline to apply or reapply is Jan 15th.

As you prepare the following application, please be aware that our total annual grant budget is limited. We ask that you pray about your application and discern how we can help you, while also considering how your need compares to others who are applying.

Essay portion of the application: We recommend that you write out the following essays before you start the application and then copy and paste into appropriate fields:

1. Share your Christian testimony and why you are seeking to enter ministry leadership.

2. Share how a relationship you built with another person (preferably not an immediate family member) opened a door of opportunity for you, in any aspect of your life – vocational, academic, experiential, etc.

3. How are you currently working to build authentic relationships with people who may serve as references or points of contact in your future career in ministry?

Also be sure to send to your Church Council Chair the following link:

First Time Application

Returning Application
Note: There is no "save for later" option with these applications. It may take you up to 45 minutes to complete. You can accomplish in less time if you have already written elsewhere the essay portion and then copy and paste in the appropriate fields.

Most Recent
Leadership Development Recipients

Ministry Team Members

The CLMT consists of Tricia Bosma (chair), Kristy Manion, Dan Ziegler, Martin Benckhuysen, Paul Sausser (Stated Clerk) and Brenda Bosch (Treasurer.)

Contact Team

Our Yearly Schedule

October 1

Announcement about applications due at Classis. Letters/emails sent out to churches in Classis Grand Rapid South. Current students are contacted inviting them to reapply.

December 15

Email to current students and prospective students about application deadline.

January 15

Applications Due.

February 1

Students contacted for interviews. Committee meets to determine aid distribution. Email sent to Classis Interim Committee on aid distribution.


CLMT  makes proposal at classis leadership gathering. Students are invited to Classis for introductions and prayer. Students are informed of award totals.


Check in with students.

October 15

Students invited to classis leadership gathering to offer updates and receive prayer.